16th September

Chatsmore Catholic High School has raised an incredible £6,449 for Guild Care, exceeding their £5,000 target goal.

The school chose Guild Care as their ‘Charity of the Year’ in February. To raise money, Chatsmore organised a wide range of events and activities throughout the academic year. These included a Year 7 ‘sleep out’, bucket collections at local shops, and four staff members taking part in the Worthing 10K on behalf of the charity.

Chatsmore’s fundraising endeavours culminated in June with a team of 10 students and six staff members taking on the ‘Welsh 3000s Challenge’. This sponsored challenge saw the group trek up nine of the 15 highest mountain peaks in Wales – each of them over 3,000 feet tall.

The Welsh 3000 team on their second day of climbing

On Monday 16th September Chatsmore welcomed Debbie Dollner, Guild Care’s Chief Operating Officer, to the school where an assembly was held to celebrate their fundraising success and to present the cheque for £6,449. Mr. Byrne, Chatsmore Catholic High School’s Head Teacher, said: "It's been a privilege for our school community to support Guild Care over the last year. As a local charity that reaches out to those in need, Guild Care mirrors our school ethos. I am also extremely proud of our students and staff, not only for completing such a challenging mountain expedition, but also for the commitment and enthusiasm they showed in raising over £6,000 for Guild Care." 

Chatsmore presents their cheque to Guild Care

Debbie said: “We couldn’t be more grateful to Chatsmore Catholic High School for choosing Guild Care as their charity of the year. The gift of raising money for someone you don’t know and may never meet is very special. We are honoured that the staff and children chose us and are incredibly proud of their achievements.

Through the money they have raised we are able to support the most vulnerable members of our community, providing invaluable local services for children and adults dealing with the daily challenge of a disability, dementia, loss of independence, loneliness or isolation. By working together they have made a real difference to the lives of local people. Thank you.”